My decision to come to ACC is one that neither I nor others fully understood. To many of my friends and relatives it was one of the weirdest ideas that a teenager could consider doing. Some told me that I was “crazy,” whilst others said, “what kind of a demon has possessed Prudence? Why is she going to a Bible school?” As a result, I lost many friends and emotional connection with many family members. Even today some of them still have hard feelings about my decision. I gave up too much to be at ACC, and the last three years have been very challenging. Sometimes I would go on Facebook and see the success of my classmates, and I would assume that if I didn’t come here I would have been working by now and living a good life too.
However, all these things are in the past now, and today I thank God that I listened to the ‘small voice’ in my heart that led me to this place. I do not regret coming to ACC because that is where I learnt about almost everything that I needed in order to live a successful Christian life. But above all, it is in this place that I recognised my strengths and true passion. As of now I know beyond doubt that I want to be a counsellor, and this is how I see myself serving God and others best.
According to my experience, ACC is a place where one can realise his or her true calling. In my stay, I experienced many cultures and that thought me what it means to live in peace with everyone – even when I don’t agree with their beliefs. Despite our differences, I also learnt that it is important to understand other people’s perspectives rather than coercing my beliefs on them. I have found this principle very important, especially when doing evangelism and counselling because most people who don’t feel understood tend to be resistant to help and truth. So helping from their own standpoint will make them less resistant.
ACC taught me that I have work hard to get where I want to be. I have been taught principles of what it means to be a good employee and employer which are going to come in handy as I prepare myself to serve in the kingdom of God. Moreover, I have learnt that I shouldn’t wait for others to serve me with the things I want, and be idle, waiting for God to give me the desires of my heart. Most of all, God is not my servant but I am his.
I appreciate ACC for upholding Christian principles because there are very little higher institutions that encourage spiritual growth. To the ACC family: do not to devalue these principles, but continue fostering them on your students because it is through these principles that I have been both spiritually and academically transformed. I now understand life and God better than I did in my first year.
Lastly, it is important that after doing something that you ask yourself, “was this thing worth my time and resources or not?” I can boldly say: “My coming to ACC was worth it!!!”